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Take These 3 Steps to
Become a Data Analyst

Know the Role

1. Understand the role of a data analyst

Data analysts gather, organize, and interpret data – such as sales figures, inventories, internet logs, and operating costs – and look for patterns or trends. Based on their findings, data analysts then provide suggestions that can be used to guide strategic business planning and decisions.

Data analyst duties often fall into three key areas:

  • Data mining: Gathering necessary information for initial review.
  • Data cleaning: Removing errors or discrepancies before looking for trends, patterns, and relationships.
  • Data visualization: Organizing the data in a way that is easily viewed and understood in order to help develop business goals and strategies.

There are four types of data analysis: descriptive (looks at the past), diagnostic (looks at the “why”), predictive (looks to the future), and prescriptive (looks to the best course of action). Data analysts may focus on one or all of these.

Some of the requirements needed to become a data analyst are: analytical, critical thinking, and basic math and communication skills. In addition, having experience in computer applications like spreadsheets, databases, data management programs or visualization software are important.

While it is possible to get a data analyst job without a degree, a bachelor’s degree can really help you qualify for entry-level jobs. Not only does an undergraduate degree in data analysis provide a strong foundation in data management and database applications, it can help prepare you for additional networking certifications. This can help expand your job opportunities as well as your earning potential.

Get Educated

2. Start your data analyst education

Some students begin with an undergraduate degree in data analysis, while others who already hold a degree choose to switch careers and pursue a graduate degree or post-graduate certificate in data analytics.


3. Start your career as a data analyst

If you have a mind for collecting, sorting, and analyzing data, a degree in data analytics may be a great fit.

Whether you are starting your first degree or are an experienced professional seeking to change careers, there are educational options to help prepare you for a job as a data or business analyst.

It’s never too late to start!

Learn more about the undergraduate Herzing Data Analytics program

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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